Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: indoors most of the time
when pets outgrow their novelty
reading about people who give their pets away because they shed too much or the kids lose interest made me think about this. it's certainly not the worst abandoned pet story, but it's weird.
where i lived before. my balcony was directly over the circular drive. first floor but really the second, you know, the lobby and all. just outside my bedroom window the roof of the front of the building continued, it wasn't anything you should really go out on, but it was covered with rocks. just decorative crap.
anyway, the head of my bed was right under that window, and one night i woke up to something thudding against it pretty hard. i didn't look out right away, but it happened again so i did. there were two apples in kind of pieces, and while i was looking it happened a third time. an entire apple came flying down and hit the rocks instead of the window, and flew apart. there were 11 stories in the building so i imagine it was coming from fairly high up. i was about to call onsite security when something crawled up against the window and started scratching like it wanted in.
it was a rat. before you go, "ewww," it wasn't a sewer rat, it was mostly white with a grey face and grey spots, so it had obviously been someone's pet. or maybe it still was and had just gotten loose. so i called security and asked them if they could come over and get it off the roof because some drunk people up high were throwing apples at it. (i assume they were drunk, an entire unpeeled apple doesn't seem like a good snack for a small animal, and it almost broke the window at 3 am so i don't know what sober people would think that's a good idea.)
the security guard argued with me. "are you sure ma'am? because someone in building one lost a siamese kitten." "no. i have a siamese cat. i know what kittens look like. this is a rat." i finally got them to come over, and the guard wanted to take the screen off my window, go out there and shoo it in. i said, "well, you can do that, except i really don't want a rat running loose in my house, and i have two cats so you probably should try to catch it. it looks tame." he wouldn't do that, but another guard said sure, so he went and got it. it was really tame.
i don't know what happened to it, maybe the guy who caught it kept it or the people who owned it claimed it. coming close to getting hit by an apple bomb is the most abuse i've witnessed in person, thankfully.